10 Vegan Books by Black Authors to Read

10 Vegan Books by Black Authors to Read

Jun 13, 2020 BY: Mohini Patel

We’ve gathered cookbooks, children's books, and books on social justice written by Black authors to add to your reading list. Celebrate Black voices by purchasing, reading, and sharing these 10 books!

 

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Cookbooks

 

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

By Bryant Terry

Bryant Terry brings you more than 100 plant-based recipes inspired by global cuisine. Impress your family and friends by taking them on a cultural food tour of Kenyan, Ethiopian, and Brazilian cuisine with a Southern flare, all from the comfort of your very own kitchen!

Afro-Vegan

 

Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul

By Jenne Claiborne

Sweet Potato Soul brings you on an adventure featuring veganized versions of traditional cuisine. The cookbook features savory recipes, such as Fried Cauliflower Chicken and Jalapeño Hush Puppies, as well as sweet dishes including the famous Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls. There are 100 recipes to choose from—what will you make first!?

Sweet Potato Soul

 

Living Lively

By Haile Thomas

Pre-order Living Lively by Haile Thomas (80 plant-based recipes). This young author was inspired when her father developed Type 2 diabetes and wanted to improve her dad's health. The cookbook incorporates messages of happiness, confidence, and positivity into each recipe. You’ll find wholesome, nutrient-dense, and tasty meals to fuel you throughout the day.

Living Lively

 

Koya's Kuisine: Foods You Love That Love You Back!

By Koya Webb

A satisfying plant-based meal that takes only 15 minutes to prepare? Koya Webb’s cookbook is ideal for those looking to effortlessly incorporate healthy and flavorful eating. All recipes are easy to follow and use fresh ingredients. Think nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

Koya's Kuisine

 

Raw Foods on a Budget: The Ultimate Program and Workbook to Enjoying a Budget-loving, Plant-based Lifestyle

By Brandi Rollins

 

Say hello to budget-friendly plant-based recipes brought to you by author Brandi Rollins.The cookbook includes 90 veggie-centered dishes to choose from and all recipes feature cost estimations, tips on saving money, and nutrition information. Learn how to store and prepare your food to reduce waste and get your money’s worth.

Raw Foods on a Budget

 

By Any Greens Necessary

By Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH

Tracye Lynn McQuirter composed a vegan guide to plant-based eating with African American women in mind. By Any Greens Necessary was inspired by the disproportionately high rates of chronic disease Black women face. The cookbook gives tips and tricks to women so they can stay healthy and happy eating a whole plant-based food diet full of legumes, whole grains, fruits, and veggies.

By Any Greens Necessary

 

Social Justice

 

Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

By A. Breeze Harper

Sistah Vegan is a collection of poems, narratives, and essays from Black vegan women. The book focuses on eating healthier, feeling strong, and combating chronic diseases in the community as well as addressing social justice, spirituality, health, animal rights, and more. The literature inspires readers to better themselves through a radical change.

Sistah Vegan

 

Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

By Aph Ko and Syl Ko

Sisters Aph and Syl Ko use pop culture as a reference to highlight the hidden oppression and intersectionality between racial justice, feminism, and veganism. The book is a resource to understand, listen, and move forward for real change.

Aphro-ism

 

Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out

By Aph Ko

Aph Ko demonstrates the need to understand social and historical anti-Blackness in order to bring true change and liberation. She discusses the dehumanizing nature of racism, white supremacy, and the ill treatment of animals as interconnected.

Racism As Zoological Witchcraft

 

Children’s Books

 

Where Does Dinner Come From?: A Plant Based Children's Book

By Kawani AJ Brown

Where Does Dinner Come From? is a children’s book inspired by the lack of representation of Black and Brown families in illustrations. This plant-based book on healthy eating is based off conversations author Kawani had with her daughter and the question of where the food they eat came from.

Where Does Dinner Come From?

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